Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp welcomed the return of fans at Anfield, saying it was like dream come true moment for the players and support staff to see the stadium packed to the rafters during their Premier League win over Burnley on Saturday
Anfield had a capacity crowd for the first time in over 17 months. It was the first time the stands were filled since their defeat to Aletico Madrid in the Champions League in 2020.
“Obviously, everybody was really looking forward to this,” Klopp said. “Nobody leaves this place today with any disappointment. Our dreams were fulfilled atmosphere wise and that was the best 12:30 (kick off) atmosphere we have ever had. It was special, really special.
“The game was pretty special too, as Burnley caused us problems. We played a good game, scored two and could have scored more.”
Goals from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane did the damage, but another shutout means Liverpool have kept two clean sheets from two so far this season, with the return of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, the latter coming off the bench to make his first appearance since November last year on Saturday, helping.
Klopp happy with return of center backs
With those two centre backs, as well as Joel Matip, back fit, Klopp feels more comfortable with his defensive lot this season.
“They’re both really good footballers (Van Dijk and Gomez), but I can tell you that because of the things that happened during the last year, we desperately needed more centre halves. Now we have six,” Klopp added.
“They will all play this season, and we will have to mix it up throughout the season especially after the long injuries the players have had.
“To face this Burnley team, who are very aggressive, it was tough. Both full backs were really good too.”
The defeat leaves Burnley pointless from their opening two league games, with coach Sean Dyche looking to the transfer market to improve their situation.